My Sisters Keeper

Theatrical Release: June 26, 2009
My Sisters Keeper
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Synopsis

Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl’s life. The parents’ desperate decision raises both ethical and moral questions and rips away at the foundation of their relationship. Their actions ultimately set off a court case that threatens to tear the family apart, while revealing surprising truths that challenge everyone’s perceptions of love and loyalty and give new meaning to the definition of healing.

Dove Review

First off, this is a movie that deals very much with death and its impact and subsequent loss. There were several people sniffing and crying around me as the movie ended. There is no question that the film is well acted and is very much a story which could actually happen. The viewer begins wondering why Kate’s sister (Abigail Breslin) sues her parents so she can make her own choices about medically helping her sister with bodily donations, including the latest need-a kidney. It is all revealed by film’s end.

The movie features memorable scenes, including the mother, played by Cameron Diaz, shaving her head so her daughter Katy (Sofia Vassilieva) won’t feel so out of place by going out in public with her own bald head, which is a result of chemotherapy. In another scene a lady judge (Joan Cusack) fights back tears when she is asked about her daughter who was killed in an accident by a drunken driver. And a scene in which young Katy spends a day at the beach with her family is touching as well.

Regrettably, there is a sexual relationship between two underage teens in addition to strong language, which prevents us from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: Young underage couple, both ill, have sexual relationship; kissing; teen boy kisses teen girl's neck; daughter admits to "doing it" to mother; comments by young girl about people having sex and most babies being accidents.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-5; JC-2; Ch*ist-1; H-2; S-3; B-3; Su*ked-1; D-1; F-1; Friggin-1
Violence: Woman becomes angry at husband and grabs him and he shakes her loose.
Drugs: Beer; a shot is given to girl; girl takes too many pills in one scene as she wants to die.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: Sick girl goes through a lot including vomiting blood, blood running from her nose; the controversial topic of a daughter being biologically engineered in order to help her older sick sister; the topic of death and suffering; a girl sues her own parents for the right to not submit to medical donations for her sister; a comment by a lawyer who says he successfully sued God; the question of what happens when you die is discussed; a character has epileptic convulsions.

Info

Company: New Line Cinema
Writer: Jeremy Leven and Nick Cassavetes
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Producer: Stephen Furst
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 109 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter